Vol. 56, No. 33Sixteenth Week • Spring Semester • May 11, 2009

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Michael Wick named associate vice chancellor, Marty Wood to fill Arts and Sciences dean post

Regents approve nursing doctorate program

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number of IS graduates

University observes Bike to Work Week

New institute unifies environmental programs

Charlene Burns to visit Egypt, Qatar as part of National Peace Foundation program

David Jewett is 2009-10 ORSP Faculty Fellow

NSF supports summer science research program

University Centers names associate director

Educators explore racism's effects on learning

Wrestling coach Don Parker retires

Former national champion Sikora to lead wrestlers

As seen on campus

University Bulletin Special Edition coming Thursday


Michael Wick named associate vice chancellor,
Marty Wood to fill Arts and Sciences dean post

Michael Wick Marty Wood

Dr. Michael Wick, UW-Eau Claire professor of computer science and director of the university's First Year Experience program, has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. He will begin serving a two-year interim appointment July 1.

Wick’s appointment was announced May 8 following an internal campus search. He will replace Andrew Phillips, current associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies. Phillips will become academic dean and provost at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Read announcement.

Dr. Marty Wood, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs until July 1, will then begin serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a two-year term, Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich announced today (May 11).

Wood will replace Dr. Donald Christian, current dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who has announced he will leave UW-Eau Claire to accept the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Read announcement. Go to top of page

Regents approve nursing doctorate program
UW System logoThe UW System Board of Regents on May 8 approved establishing a doctorate of nursing practice degree program at UW-Eau Claire.

The DNP, which will begin in summer 2010, will be the first doctoral program offered at UW-Eau Claire. A professional doctorate, the DNP is similar to the doctorates required of physicians, dentists, pharmacists and attorneys.

The DNP will meet the new national educational recommendations for advanced practice nurses, which change the entry level degree from a master's to a doctorate. The recommendations — determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing — take effect in 2015. Full story. Also see related news release.

For additional information on the regents' May meeting, see the UW System's Day 1 and Day 2 news summaries. Go to top of page

UW-Eau Claire ranks high in number of IS graduates

Anthony Keys Thomas Hilton

UW-Eau Claire is among the top producers of information systems graduates in the nation and is one of the few universities in the country that is seeing a steady increase in the number of IS majors, a review of IS programs shows.

In the last year, UW-Eau Claire has graduated nearly 70 IS majors, a number that exceeds the total number of students enrolled in many IS programs in Wisconsin and beyond, said Dr. Anthony Keys, an associate professor of IS who has researched IS enrollment trends.

In April, UW-Eau Claire had 240 IS majors and 53 IS minors, Keys said. While still below the 434 peak in 1998, enrollment has steadily climbed since a low of 155 in 2004, he said.

UW-Eau Claire's IS graduates are highly sought after, with recruiters from many of the Midwest's largest businesses coming to campus specifically to interview IS majors, said Dr. Thomas Hilton, chair of the IS department. From 2004-09, 39 percent of the employers who came to campus specified that they wanted to talk to IS majors, he said. Full story. Go to top of page

University observes Bike to Work Week

The UW-Eau Claire Clean Commute Initiative invites all students, faculty and staff to ride their bicycles to campus during Bike to Work Week, May 11-15.

The event is sponsored by CCI, a group of university community members promoting increased commuting to and from campus by foot, bicycle and bus. Commuting bikers are encouraged to register their miles on the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation Web page. Go to top of page


Sign on: Students, faculty and staff can sign the Clean Commute Initiative Resolution at CCI's informational table on the Central Campus Mall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

New institute unifies environmental programs
UW-Eau Claire footbridge over riverUW-Eau Claire has established the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, an institute that will foster education, research and community outreach that relates to the natural world and the place of humans in it.

"The Watershed Institute will help unify environmental programs across the curriculum, in research, and through outreach and service on and off campus," Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich said. "UW-Eau Claire has a large group of faculty, staff and students with interest and expertise in environmental studies. They are spread across departments and colleges. The Watershed Institute will bring their efforts together in a way that will benefit the campus and beyond."

As a result of this initiative, UW-Eau Claire graduates will leave campus with a strong liberal arts experience and an increased environmental awareness, literacy and ethic, said Dr. Kate Hale, UW-Eau Claire's Sustainability Fellow.

The institute also will encourage the campus community to more actively interact with and serve the local community, region and the globe, Hale said. Full story. Go to top of page

Charlene Burns to visit Egypt, Qatar as part
of National Peace Foundation program

Dr. Charlene Burns

Dr. Charlene Burns, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of religious studies, will travel to Egypt and Qatar this month as part of a small delegation of American citizens invited by the National Peace Foundation and the Islamic Society of North America to participate in a people-to-people exchange program between the United States and countries in the Middle East.

The exchange program is part of "Faith and Community: A Dialogue," which was established through a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State to the National Peace Foundation. The inter-religious dialogue initiative provides for unmediated exchange among clerics, scholars of religion, educators and community leaders. Full story. Go to top of page

David Jewett is 2009-10 ORSP Faculty Fellow

Dr. David Jewett

Dr. David Jewett, UW-Eau Claire professor of psychology, has been selected as the third Faculty Fellow of the university's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for the 2009-10 academic year.

In addition to assisting with the review of proposals and other office functions, Dr. Jewett will work with ORSP to devise and implement a plan to assess the benefits of student scholarly activity. He will also spearhead development of programming for students on topics such as finding and working with a mentor, research ethics and the application of research to postcollege plans. Full story. Go to top of page

NSF supports summer science research program

Dr. Jim Phillips Dr. Alan Gengenbach

Offering research opportunities to students from institutions that cannot provide them and increasing the diversity of students pursuing careers in the sciences are two important goals of a new summer chemistry program at UW-Eau Claire.

Starting in June, UW-Eau Claire will offer a summer research program that will allow four UW-Eau Claire students and four students from regional two-year colleges to work together to conduct research under the direction of chemistry faculty members.

"We are reaching out to regional two-year institutions that have a significant population of students from underrepresented groups," said Dr. Jim Phillips, chair of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department.

The three-year program — funded by a highly competitive National Science Foundation grant — will support having the student researchers on campus for 10 weeks during each of the next three summers, said Dr. Alan Gengenbach, associate professor of chemistry and director of the program. Full story. Go to top of page

University Centers names associate director
Candice Wilson has been named associate director of University Centers at UW-Eau Claire.

Wilson began her career at UW-Eau Claire in 1975 in the University Bookstore, which she managed for its final 11 years as a university-run operation. She then served as the University Centers retail operations manager, business services manager, and assistant director for business and administration. She graduated summa cum laude from Lakeland College, earning her bachelor of arts degree in business administration, and received her master of science degree in training and development from UW-Stout. Full story. Go to top of page

Educators explore racism's effects on learning
'Beyond Diversity' facilitator Marlecia Autrey

Above, Marlecia Autrey from Pacific Educational Group facilitated the "Beyond Diversity" seminar for UW-Eau Claire faculty and area teachers.

At right, UW-Eau Claire faculty members, including Marquell Johnson, assistant professor kinesiology (center), and Cathy Thorsen, assistant professor of special education (background) and Eau Claire area teachers discussed the concepts presented at the seminar.

(Photos by Bill Hoepner, LTS)

UW-Eau Claire faculty members and teachers from the Eau Claire Area School District participated April 30 and May 1 in a seminar, titled "Beyond Diversity," designed to help teachers, parents and administrators consider the implications of racism, exclusion and prejudice on student learning.The seminar was the first faculty development event in a three-year grant-funded program, "Culturally Congruent Response to Intervention," to provide teachers and student teachers with cultural competency skills and expertise on intervention and techniques. Dr. Dwight C. Watson, associate dean of teacher education at UW-Eau Claire, was the author of the $164,000 UW System grant funding the program. Another extensive faculty development event will be held this summer, Watson said. Read May 2008 news release announcing the program. Go to top of page

'Beyond Diversity' seminar participants

Wrestling coach Don Parker retires

Don Parker

After 32 seasons as head coach of the UW-Eau Claire wrestling team, Don Parker is retiring, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.

“We are very grateful for what Coach Parker has done for the wrestling program for many years and we thank him for his years of dedicated service and the many lives he’s impacted,” Kilgallon said.

Parker began coaching at Eau Claire in 1977. Since that time he has coached one national champion, 15 All-Americans and 19 conference champions. In seven out of the last eight seasons, Parker has coached a wrestler to an All-American finish, capped off this season by Josh Holforty’s third place at 197 pounds. He has taken at least one wrestler to the NCAA Division III Championships every year since 2000. Full story. Go to top of page

Former national champion Sikora to lead wrestlers

Derek Sikora

Former UW-Eau Claire wrestling national champion Derek Sikora has been selected as the program’s sixth head coach following the retirement of Don Parker, Director of Athletics Scott Kilgallon has announced.

Sikora, a Neillsville native, wrestled for the Blugolds from 2002-06. In 2006 he became the program’s only national champion as he captured the 165-pound title at the NCAA Division III Championships.

Russ Peloquin, an assistant wrestling coach for the Blugolds since 2004, also will remain on board. Full story. Go to top of page

As seen on campus
Blugold Beginnings program participants
Blugold Beginnings — Above, Sherman Elementary School fifth graders and UW-Eau Claire student mentors enjoyed lunch and Springfest entertainment May 6 on the Central Campus Mall. They were participants in the pilate Blugold Beginnings program, part of UW-Eau Claire's effort to expand access to college through precollege outreach. The program also has a high school component, started with UW-Eau Claire Quick Win funds, and a middle school component, funded by a UW System Committee on Baccalaureate Expansion grant. Funding is sought from the Great Lakes Foundation for the elementary school component. Blugold Beginnings is in response to Gov. Jim Doyle’s call for participation in the KnowHow2Go project, said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, UW-Eau Claire associate dean of students. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)
Student Will Horn practicing trombone Practice makes perfect — UW-Eau Claire freshman Will Horn enjoyed the warm spring weather while playing his trombone outside the Haas Fine Arts Center May 6. (Photo by Rick Mickelson, LTS)

University Bulletin Special Edition coming Thursday
The spring semester of the 2008-09 academic year is winding down, and with that comes a lot of news about commencement, retirements and accomplishments. You can read all about it in a Special Edition of the University Bulletin that will be e-mailed to you Thursday, May 14.

Stories in the Special Edition will include:

  • UW-Eau Claire commencement set for May 16
  • Eight faculty and academic staff members retire
  • Ten members of classified staff retire
  • Alumni Association to present awards
  • New news site to replace University Bulletin by fall 2009
  • and more.

This abbreviated issue will not include Calendar items, Faculty/Staff News, In The News items or Notices. Go to top of page


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